April 28th, 2017

Opinions

Let’s just take a minute to think

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 23rd, 2017

It’s not often that a media source will advocate for citizens to tune out and enjoy the weather, but it’s clear that’s just the sort of thing that’s badly needed in a stressed out populace. There is a caveat, however, in that the weather will eventually change and you can’t tune out forever. It might ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Long ride ahead for bill to free whales

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 22nd, 2017

It’s hard to strengthen animal welfare legislation in Canada. Attempts to mildly improve such laws routinely fail. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, like that of former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, has shown little interest in animal issues. This has left private members’ bills, either from the Commons or the Senate, as the only path forward. ... Read More »

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Truth in a time of lies

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 22nd, 2017

There is nothing more poisonous to democracy and the public trust than lies. In fact, there is nothing more poisonous period, as anyone who has dealt with lies in any context can attest. Whether these be the prevarications told by public officials and personalities to avoid responsibility for decisions made, across the church pulpit by ... Read More »

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Travel ban a reason to stay north when travelling

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 21st, 2017

Arbitrary and absurd. These might be the best two words to describe the growing number of cases where Canadians and permanent residents of this country have experienced issues entering the U.S. There’s the case of a church group turned back because they were told they would be taking American jobs. No, there was no actual ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Spring and language

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 18th, 2017

The last snowbanks of the year are fleeing, sheepishly slithering away down the street and disappearing into the nearest sewer drains. My usual crankiness is melting along with the snow, and I feel eternal sunshine in my belly. Along with the wonderful weather today (March 15), two other delightful jewels greeted me this morning when ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Fight against opioid addiction must target the real risk factors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 17th, 2017

On Sept. 28, 1980 The Washington Post ran an article written by reporter Janet Cooke. It began: “Jimmy is 8 years old and a third-generation heroin addict, a precocious little boy with sandy hair, velvety brown eyes and needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin brown arms.” “Jimmy’s World” won a Pulitzer Prize, ... Read More »

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Alberta’s political strategists are working overtime

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 17th, 2017

You could say the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is about to step onto one of those high-suspension bridges that swing and sway precipitously depending on the wind. Whether they cross the river successfully depends on possible brisk winds from the Wildrose, the NDP and in the end average Albertans who have a vote in ... Read More »

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Between a rock and a hard place

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 16th, 2017

Doing more with less, working smarter not harder, avoiding duplication and getting out of the way. So constant is the refrain in business and government circles these days that its almost become ever-present, but hardly noticed white noise in the background of many issues. It’s certainly present in Medicine Hat where the city government is ... Read More »

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It’s time to speak up for the world we want

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 15th, 2017

“Beware the Ides of March” was the message from the famous Roman soothsayer which was completely ignored by Julius Caesar when he stepped onto the Senate house floor on March 15, 44 B.C., and then onward into infamy and posterity. It occurs to the modern-day reader that maybe the warning is still relevant, albeit in ... Read More »

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Comments on residential schools were a slap in the face

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 14th, 2017

There’s good reason why we don’t parse through the horror that was the Holocaust, to try to find the bright side to it. There is no bright side. Nothing was worth the brutal slaughter of over six million people, and the devastation that the Nazi regime caused. As New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash, a residential ... Read More »

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